Leonardo DiCaprio will play the lead character Kaneda in the live action feature-film Akira, reports AICN. Former 3rd Rock From the Sun star Joseph Gordon-Levitt will also play Tetsuo.
Warner Bros. recently announced that it will be taking anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume cyberpunk serial manga (Japanese word for comics) Akira to the big screen. The film is set in a New Manhattan, a city rebuilt by Japanese money after being destroyed 31 years ago.
Not only is DiCaprio going to star in the film, his production company Appian Way, will produce with Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance.
The first Akira film is set for a summer 2009 release.
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